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Get to know your onion varieties

The expression that person a “knows his (or her) onions,” means that that person knows of what he or she speaks. More literally, it might mean that this person knows a Vidalia from a Bermuda.


Dead or just dormant: Assessing alfalfa stands

Hopefully, most alfalfa will come through the winter in good shape. However, there are some areas where alfalfa will show signs of injury or winterkill due to the lack of snow cover over winter. We expect that winterkill will be spotty and likely occur to a greater extent in fields with low soil pH, low potassium and sulfur and in older stands. So it is important to check individual fields for winter injury and kill to make planting decisions early. Identifying injury without kill will also indicate reduced yield for 2015 and allow consideration of any management changes in the future.


Hudson student on UW-RF team that wins $25,000

Three team members are winners at the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament for aspiring entrepreneurs.

A small packet of soap has led to very big things for three UW-River Falls students and aspiring entrepreneurs. Eric Wenz, a senior from Hudson majoring in business administration, joined with Andrew Lind from Bloomington, Minn., and An Trieu, from St. Paul to take first place in the second annual Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament held April 11 in Madison. As a result, Wenz, Lind and Trieu will receive a $25,000 Ideadvance seed grant from UW-Extension for their startup company, S?POD.


Plan ahead for dry year gardening

It’s too early to tell yet whether the coming growing season will bring us abundant rain or if the dry weather trend that gave us a relatively easy winter will continue through the summer. As of last week, almost 50 percent of the Midwest was considered abnormally dry or under moderate drought conditions, with Winnebago County falling into the latter category. What if Wisconsin were to face a long-term drought like California is right now and our governor was forced to place restrictions on how much water we could use? Would you be prepared?


4-H encourages young leaders

I am a student at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh pursuing a major in Human Services Leadership. I’m currently completing my second unpaid internship for the program with Fond du Lac County UW Extension 4-H Youth Development. I’ve been given plenty of public speaking opportunities, professional writing projects, event planning, and have had interaction with 4-H kids and families. I was a little unsure of my abilities at first because I knew little about agriculture and farming but much to my surprise, there is much more to 4-H than that!


Leigh Presley: Women are important, growing sector in agriculture

Picture a farmer.

The image that comes to mind is likely one of a man — probably very few of us picture a woman.

Agriculture is an industry dominated my men, so it’s easy to overlook the women that either own and operate a farm or play a large role in a farming operation. But they’re definitely out there, and they’re an important sector of U.S. agriculture.


Considerations for delayed calving to fall for open cows

Much of the focus for beef cattle reproduction programs is on breeding cows in a timely fashion and narrowing the range of the calving window. There’s no getting around the fact that excessive days open, and open cows at calving season, cause considerable financial losses for cow/calf operations. Narrowing the calving window reduces variation in calf age, thus helping to produce a more uniform calf crop at market time.


Experts share tips on finding wild asparagus

Location, location, location.

It’s a phrase we’ve all heard countless times in relation to real estate but one that also applies to wild asparagus, whose growing season has already gotten underway.

Wild asparagus is one of the first plants to come up in the spring, said Teri Lessig, horticulture educator with UW-Extension Wood County.


Lee Hafemann: Communications cuts are short-sighted

Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television — in association with the University of Wisconsin Extension and Media Lab — are the foremost tools in spreading the Wisconsin Idea to and beyond the borders of our state. These proposed budget cuts will have catastrophic impact on the Educational Communications Board’s ability to provide service to the state’s residents in the areas of safety and education.